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A friend just sent me this wonderful rabbinical reflection:
Advent is the season of hope and expectation. It is knocking on the door and hoping beyond hope that the God we blithely evoke in prayers and service all year long will throw open the door and meet us face-to-face. ”Maybe this year…” we wonder to ourselves “perhaps this will be the year.” But like generations before us we also live in the cynicism of expecting that nothing will noticeably change … There’s more to read here.
The future of the Church is the future of the seminary: looking through the correct end of the telescope
There have been a recent spate of posts in the media and blogosphere trying to get at the so-called “Future of Seminary Education”. The web portal Patheos.com has sponsored a large online symposium addressing the question that continues to grow.
As a seminary graduate, faculty member at a few seminaries mentioned in the discussions as well as the Associate Dean of a seminary that is trying to see what the … There’s more to read here.
Each summer I have taken my family on a road trip through some of America’s national parks. Last summer we did the California redwoods, Yosemite National Park, and the Oregon Coast. This summer we worked our way through more of the Oregon Trail and down into Utah – Zion National Park, Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point, and some white water rafting on the Colorado River in Moab. These … There’s more to read here.
I just returned from a wonderful intergenerational gathering of creatives: film makers, poets, studio artists, dancers and choreographers, novelists, essayists, apologists, working stage actors and directors, pastors and even some theologians in the mix. People were at turns extroverted to nominally passionate, distantly to distinctly vintage and pseudo to suburbanly Christian trending from high to low to no church. During the week together new friendships were forged, people who ‘liked’ status updates … There’s more to read here.
Perhaps we can all agree to some level that technology is not an enemy pure and simple nor is social media. The ability to deliver clean water to villages, to gather voices into revolution, to predict disasters, to give voice to the voiceless and hope and healing to many is truly a gift from God. Yet the role technology plays in friendship today is both a blessing and a curse … There’s more to read here.
Mr. bin Laden and Forgiveness: WWE, The New York Times, and why killing becomes easier when humanity is stripped away
It is a strange thing to lose an enemy. After a decade of searching, Osama bin Laden has been found in Pakistan, killed and his body claimed by US forces as proof that one of the most notorious criminals in history is now, at last, gone. But notice that I say ‘gone’ and not ‘dead’ for people take much longer to pass from this earth than we realize. As we … There’s more to read here.
I am having one of those days when nothing seems to be going right – I am currently stuck in the Denver airport having missed my connecting flight due to long lines at the TSA security checkpoints asking me to tell them whether my toothpaste will be a danger to national security as I try to take off half my clothes in order to be scanned, prodded, poked and stared … There’s more to read here.
I wanted to share a portion of a letter from Dietrich Bonhoeffer written to his friend Eberhard Bethge while Bonhoeffer was in prison. Taproot Theatre is currently showing a marvelous dramatization of Bonhoeffer’s last days called “The Beams are Creaking” and it led me to re-read his Letters and Papers from Prison. Given that I just finished a book on pop music and that I think most naturally in … There’s more to read here.
Either you only follow tweets for TMZ.com or ESPN Sportscenter or live under a rock away from the din and clang of the blogosphere if you haven’t heard the rumblings about Rob Bell’s upcoming book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived (HarperOne, 2011) which will hit bookstores on March 29th. For those following the flurry of activity, the basic issue … There’s more to read here.
|© 2011 Jeff Keuss|